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Johann Heinrich Alsted, 1588-1638 : between Renaissance, Reformation, and universal reform

Author: Howard Hotson
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series: Oxford historical monographs.
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"Johann Heinrich Alsted, professor of philosophy and theology at the Calvinist academy of Herborn, was a man of many parts. A deputy to the famous Synod of Dort and the greatest encyclopaedist of his age, he was also a pioneer of Calvinist millenarianism and a devoted student of astrology, alchemy, Lullism, and the works of Giordano Bruno." "From the mainstream Reformed tradition, Alsted and his circle inherited the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Johann Heinrich Alsted; Johann Heinrich Alsted; Johann Heinrich Alsted
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Hotson
ISBN: 0198208286 9780198208280
OCLC Number: 42692175
Description: xiv, 271 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Education: Three Varieties of Further Reform, 1584-1610. i. Herborn: Ramism and Further Reform. ii. Heidelberg: Humanism, Scholasticism, and Further Reform. iii. Alsted's Earliest Writings. iv. Marburg: Hermeticism and Further Reform --
2. Panacea Philosophica: The Young Alsted's Public Programme, 1610-20. i. Aims: The Instauration of the Image of God in Man. ii. Assumptions: A Humanist Anthropology. iii. Means: 'Alchemical Logic'. iv. Aspirations: The Search for a Panacea Philosophica --
3. Crisis and Withdrawal: The Programme Undermined and Retracted, 1612-25. i. Philosophical Crisis: 'Rosicrucian Brethren', 1612-20. ii. Theological Crisis: The Synod of Dort, 1618-19. iii. Political Crisis: War and the Defence of Orthodoxy, 1619-33.
Series Title: Oxford historical monographs.
Responsibility: Howard Hotson.
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